Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Ryan Avery

Accelerate Your Achievements
(The Map to Manifesting Your BIG Dreams)
June 9, 2019

Ryan Avery is one of the Millennial generation’s most profound speakers on generational leadership and strategic communication. At age 25, Ryan became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history, competing against more than 30,000 contestants from 116 countries to win the 2012 Toastmasters International event. Ryan has delivered keynotes and training on every continent in the world. He is an Emmy-award winning journalist and a two-time, best-selling author. Ryan currently lives in the U.S. with his wife Chelsea and daughter Atlas. He is the highly sought-after headliner at conferences and for conducting companywide training on the power of strategic communication and corporate storytelling. Learn more at

Chris Dorn

Behavioral Approaches & the Survival Mindset: Preventing Active Shooter & Other Challenges
June 10, 2019

Chris Dorn is a school safety expert and author who has consulted with governments across the globe. He has written numerous articles for trade magazines and journals as well as five books on school safety. He recently released his sixth book in print, “Staying Alive: How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters.” His third book, “Innocent Targets: When Terrorism Comes to School,” is the foremost text on school terrorism and is in use by countless organizations including FEMA and Department of Homeland Security personnel in all 50 states. He is a frequent guest author and presenter at national conferences and school safety training academies, and he was selected as part of a team to author course content for the Department of Homeland Security as part of the White House 2013 school safety initiative.
Learn more about Chris and the work of Safe Havens International.

David Horsager

The Trust Edge™: How Top Leaders and Organizations Drive Business Results through Trust
June 11, 2019

David Horsager, MA, CSP, CPAE is the CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute, national bestselling author of “The Trust Edge,” inventor of the Enterprise Trust Index™, and director of one of the nation’s foremost trust studies: The Trust Outlook™. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. David has advised leaders and delivered life-changing presentations on six continents, with audiences ranging everywhere from FedEx, Toyota and global governments to the New York Yankees and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Obtain free resources and more information at and

Transportation Director Summit Keynote

Don Harkey

Don Harkey spent the first decade of his career with Fortune 500 companies (3M, ADM) as a chemical engineer where he played different roles including a shift supervisor and project engineer. He also learned principles of leadership, Six-Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing. Most importantly, he learned how to implement systems that help teams to be successful.

In 2012, Don cofounded People Centric Consulting Group, and became the sole owner in 2018. Don is a popular keynote speaker delivering high-energy, interactive and often humorous presentations on topics including managing Millennials, building a healthy culture, developing better managers and leaders, and methods of handling toxic employees. His primary role at People Centric is business development, although he still works with many clients. His favorite saying is “Passion is Productive.”

Grace Kelly

Establishing HR Guardrails in Your Organization

RC Kelly Law Associates

Matt Griswold

How to Make a Difficult Conversation Easy

People Centric Consulting Group

Conference Speakers

As of 4/11/19. Subject to change.

Yousif “Joe” Abulhassan, Ph.D.
Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering
Murray State University

Kathy Anneken
Easy Way Safety Systems

Jeff Cassell
Safety Consultant

Marshall Casey

Bus Inspection & Maintenance Consultant

Denny Coughlin
School Bus Training Company

George Davis
Bus Shop Supervisor
Fayette County (Ga.) Schools

Darla Dicken
Director of Transportation
Oakwood (Ill.) CUSD #76

Denise Donaldson

Editor & Publisher
Safe Ride News

Bob Downin
Director of Transportation
Clark-Pleasant (Ind.) Community School Corporation

Richard Fischer

Christian Flores
Director of Transportation
Lake Central (Ind.) Schools Corporation

Derek Graham
Transportation Consultant

Matt Griswold
People Centric Consulting Group

Betheny Gross
Associate Director
Center on Reinventing Public Education

Ryan Hahn
Transportation Consultant

Don Harkey
People Centric Consulting Group

Joshua Hinerman
Supervisor of Transportation
Robertson County (Tenn.) Schools


Grace Kelly, SPHR
RC Kelly Law Associates, LLC.

Zach McKinney
Director of Transportation
Southeast Hamilton Township (Ind.) Schools

Patrick Mulick
Autism Coordinator
Auburn (Wash.) School District

Elizabeth O’Neal
Post-doctural Research Scholar
University of Iowa

Joseph O’Neil, M.D. 
Riley’s Children Hospital in Indianapolis

Joe Scesny
Bus Inspection Consultant

Joseph Schwieterman, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Public Policy
DePaul University

Eric Smith
Director of Transportation
Seneca (Mo.) R-7 Schools

Kayne Smith
Director of Transportation
Cypress-Fairbanks (Texas) ISD

Annie Sovcik
Program Director
Busing On the Lookout

Charles Vits
Child Passenger Safety Board

Jeff Vrabel
Director of Transportation
Dayton (Ohio) Public Schools

Patricia Waites
Assistant Director of Transportation
Southeast Hamilton (Ind.) Township Schools

Bobby Williams
Bus Inspection & Maintenance Consultant